Recently my friend and I sat contemplating this theory of cities having a word and people having a word. A single word to define the essence of a person or place. It’s a pretty popular thing to do in writing workshops. This little activity became even more well-known when Hollywood included it in the adaptation of Eat Pray Love. In the film they say Italy’s word is sex. New York’s word is achieve. L.A.’s word is succeed.
My friend and I have been trying to think of what our words but so far we’ve come up empty. To get those synapses firing, I decided to come up with a word for my mother. Initially I thought giver or helper, but those aren’t right. First I thought fighter but she’s not a fighter because her “fight” looked absolutely effortless, which takes class and character. Then it came to me like a Roman genie. It’s CHAMPION. Champion of everyone around her, champion of her journey, the victor in her challenge.
I cannot figure out my word. Giver is not my word as much as I’d like it to be. I’m too indulgent. I’m truly stumped.
What is your word? Maybe your words will inspire an unlock to my block.